IBM Announces Industry’s First Universal Database Cache

New Offering Accelerates Virtually All Leading Relational

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LAS VEGAS - 27 Oct 2008: Today IBM announced IBM solidDB Universal Cache, relational, in-memory database technology that accelerates not only IBM’s relational databases, but also other industry-leading databases.

An industry first, solidDB Universal Cache relies on relational, in-memory database software to accelerate IBM’s own DB2 and Informix Dynamic Server, Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle and Sybase, increasing their performance up to ten times. When storing performance-critical data from one of the supported disk-based databases into solidDB’s in-memory cache, applications can access data with extreme speed because it is always kept in the computer’s RAM rather than on disk. With solidDB Universal Cache, both existing and new applications can now generate data workloads of more than 120,000 transactions per second and safely rely on predictable response times measured in microseconds to support growing numbers of users and data volumes allowing companies to quickly unlock the business value of their data which is what Information on Demand is all about.

solidDB Universal Cache integrates with relational, disk-based databases to accelerate access to their data. This acceleration can be particularly valuable for performance-critical data frequently accessed by many concurrent users, typical of applications such as ticketing and reservation systems, e-commerce applications, event processing and alerting, online gaming, and software as a service (SaaS) application platforms. Additionally, data from leading disk-based, relational databases can be cached into solidDB Universal Cache to help support peak workloads experienced by such applications as customer service and stock trading.

Performance is enhanced even further because solidDB Universal Cache can be co-located and linked with the application. This avoids network latency and the overhead of inter-process communication, as well as context switching in the operating system, further contributing to extreme speed.

 “In January, we acquired Solid Information Technology, and shortly thereafter, released solidDB Cache for DB2 and Informix Dynamic Server. Today, we are announcing that the extreme speed capabilities of solidDB will be available to an even larger number of businesses, allowing them to process their growing data volumes faster than ever before,” said Arvind Krishna, vice president, IBM Data Management. “solidDB Universal Cache is the industry’s first database caching technology that complements our competitor’s databases as well as our own, and helps all businesses process data in real time while leveraging their existing database investments.”
IBM solidDB 6.3 Universal Cache will be generally available in December 2008 with support for DB2, IDS, Oracle and Sybase. Support for Microsoft SQL Server will follow in Q1 2009. 
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